CIHR-IHDCYH Strategic Plan 2013-2017: Healthy Foundations of Life

This is a guest post from Rhiannon Renaud, a Project Officer with CIHR's Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. She is responsible for the Institute's communications, social media and event planning activities.

We are pleased to introduce IHDCYH’s new Strategic Plan “Healthy Foundations of Life 2013-2017”. We conducted a nationwide consultation to gain insight into the needs and interests of Canada’s reproductive, child and youth health research community, including researchers, clinicians, healthcare policy and decision makers, and family representatives. In doing so, we took a multi-pronged approach that included a roadtrip to 13 cities across Canada, an environmental scan of key documents, a web survey, focus groups and key informant interviews, to reach out to our community as widely as possible. Building on the feedback and input we received, at a Strategic Planning retreat involving our Advisory Board members and key external informants, we developed this plan to guide the Institute for the next five years as we move forward with a new vision: 

Leading health research for excellence in child and family health outcomes

Leading the creation and application of world-class research to strive for the best reproductive, infant, early development, childhood and youth health outcomes, IHDCYH integrates leadership, innovation, collaboration and knowledge translation.

To realize this vision three research investment themes have been identified, all geared towards achieving better life trajectories and better health outcomes for children, youth and families.  Over the next 5 years IHDCYH will invest in Healthy Developmental Trajectories with a focus on physical, environmental and social exposures before and after birth, and throughout the lifespan; Healthy Reproduction, Pregnancy, Childhood and Youth to ensure the best start to life for all Canadians; and Healthy Public Policy and Systems Integration to ensure the most efficient and effective care and services for children, youth and families.

We invite you to visit our Strategic Plan webpage to read the full publication. Contact us to join our mailing list to receive news about the funding opportunities that will be launched on the ResearchNet database.

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